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NWCPHP To Provide Maternal and Child Health Training to Professionals Assisting Underserved Communities

Maternal and child health professionals working in underserved areas will have access to expanded leadership training as a result of a five-year training grant awarded to the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.

Maternal and child health professionals working in underserved areas will have access to expanded leadership training as a result of a five-year training grant awarded to the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.

July 31, 2014

NWCPHP was recently awarded a five-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to provide leadership training and development programming to maternal and child health professionals working with isolated and underserved populations. The purpose of the project is to build capacity in the public health maternal and child health workforce, equipping leaders with skills to address complex root causes of health inequities and to promote population health improvements in their communities.

As a result of these training and development activities, “MCH leaders will be better equipped to address the health needs of underserved communities and to navigate the transformations in health care and public health stimulated by the Affordable Care Act,” said project lead and NWCPHP Director, Tao Kwan-Gett,MD, MPH. “Improved maternal-child health has benefits beyond mothers and children; it also lowers the risk of chronic disease in adulthood.”

The program is a collaborative project of NWCPHP; the University of Washington Maternal and Child Health Program; the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents and Children; and the Washington State Department of Health. It will respond directly to workforce development needs identified by maternal and child health practitioners and agencies.

Core activities include: a training needs assessment focused on skills to translate data effectively into practice improvement; online learning modules and webinars; and a six-month intensive leadership training for maternal and child health professionals.

This project builds on NWCPHP’s extensive public health workforce development experience, which includes in-person trainings, the coordination of two maternal and child health conferences, maternal and child health online webinars and learning modules, the Public Health Management Certificate program, and the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute.

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